Pats and Warriors renew feud tonight

The first installment of the Trans-Canada Highway rivalry goes tonight at the Brandt Centre between the Regina Pats and the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Regina is coming off a successful opening weekend, picking up a pair of wins to the season. On opening night, they defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-6 in overtime. The following night, the Pats skated away with a 5-1 win in their home opener.

Tanner Howe. Photo Keith Hershmiller

Goalies Ewan Huet and Kelton Pyne have collected their first victories of the season, with Huet backstopping the Regiment on Friday while Pyne got the decision on Saturday.

The Pat’s powerplay played a hand in both victories, going 3/7 (42.9%) in their two wins.

Scoring has been by committee in the early stages of Regina’s season, with nine different players posting goals during the opening weekend.

Brayden Barnett, Matteo Michaels, and Braxton Whitehead have found the back of the net twice in the 2023-24 season.

Moose Jaw is still looking for their first win of the season after they were winless last weekend.

They began the new campaign with a 4-0 loss to Prince Albert, followed by a 9-4 loss to Brandon. The Wheat Kings opened up with an 8-1 win in that contest.

The Warriors have been unable to score on the extra man advantage through the first two games of the year.

Following tonight’s battle, the Pats and Warriors will reconvene on Saturday at the Brandt Centre for round two of their season series.

Three of the final six games in the regular season for the Pats will be against the Warriors, including the last game of the year in Moose Jaw on March 23.

Coverage for tonight’s game on 620 CKRM begins at 6:35. The opening faceoff is at 7:00.

Before they return to host the Warriors this weekend, the Pats will also travel to Prince Albert to meet the Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre.

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